Business development

SMEs urged to embrace overseas trading

Small businesses in the UK should take advantage of trade opportunities in the EU and on a global level to boost company growth and the UK economy, says business and enterprise minister Mark Prisk.

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'Vital' family owned SMEs urged to seek business support

Greater business management and support is vital for family owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs), a sector that is crucial to the recovering UK economy, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

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Additional £1 billion for business growth fund

The Government will pump an extra £1 billion into its Regional Growth Fund which aims to support businesses by boosting employment and economic growth, it has announced.

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UK economy holding back SMEs

The UK economy is preventing six out of ten small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from achieving their growth potential, new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has indicated.

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Small businesses embrace the internet age

The number of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) using the internet and social networking sites has risen sharply over the past year, a recent business survey by PeoplePerHour has shown.

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Concerns behind January retail boost

UK retailers are increasing cash reserves rather than investing in business expansion and job creation as a result of economic uncertainty, an independent study by Oxford Economics for the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has found.

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Free online training to boost SME mentoring

A new online training tool designed to connect thousands of experienced business mentors with small and medium sized enterprises has been launched by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

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More to be done for small firms, says business group

The Chancellor needs to step up proposals to help small businesses if they are to see a genuine change in growth, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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Apprenticeship funding to benefit businesses and young workers

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a new round of funding which will support thousands of young workers through new apprenticeship schemes.

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SMEs to be given a helping hand to boost growth

A new Government training programme aimed specifically at developing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is scheduled to begin in March 2012.

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